The Division of Music is to offer quality educational opportunities that provide students with the technical skills and the theoretical and historical knowledge necessary for professional competence in their chosen areas of specialization.
Welcome to UAM Band
UAM has 4 jazz ensembles open to all students by audition during the first week of class. Auditions will consist of scales, improvisation, and sight reading. Instrumentation for the Jazz Ensembles is that of a traditional big band. The ensembles present on campus performances of traditional jazz forms as well as more popular styles. Jazz Band I also performs at Jazz festivals and contests.
The UAM “Pride of Southeast Arkansas” Marching Band is open to all University students who play band instruments and to those who have experience on auxiliary lines (color guard/flag, twirlers, etc.). The Marching Band employs a variety of musical styles, marches corps style, and performs at all UAM home football games, as well as area parades, fairs, and festivals. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent.
Membership in this ensemble is by audition and is comprised of marching band members (Fall semester) and Wind Symphony members. Any other students at the university who play a band instrument and would like to participate (Spring semester) may audition for placement. The Symphonic Band performs both original wind band pieces encompassing music from the Classical period through the 21st century, as well as works transcribed from the orchestral repertoire. This ensemble performs on campus in the Spring semester. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent.
The premier instrumental ensemble at the University is open only by audition or special invitation. The UAM Wind Ensemble has only one player per part (for most instruments) and performs challenging music from the wind band literature, encompassing music from the Classical period through the present. Members of the Wind Ensemble concurrently participate in the Symphonic Band during the Spring Semester. Audition repertoire consisting of scales, prepared music, and sight reading will be announced and posted after mid-term exams during the Fall Semester. Generous scholarships are available for students possessing exceptional talent. The ensemble performs concerts on and off campus and tours every other year in the Spring semester.
We want to be responsive to your questions or issues. You can contact us through the
Department of Instrumental Music
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Monticello, AR 71656
(870)-460-1060-Division of Music Office
(870)-460-1460-Band Camp Office
UAM Band Contact:
Jason Smith, M.M.
Director of Jazz Studies & Bands
Instructor of Music
Trumpet / Jazz One
Office: Visual and Performing Arts 102
Phone: 870 - 460 - 1660